Utah's Teacher of the Year on effective education, school grades, Common Core

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    Oct. 17, 2013 11:37 a.m.


    You really should do some honest research on Common Core, and find what the facts really are. CC is far from simply a standard, or only focused on math and language arts. It uses "language arts" to push a certain social agenda and indoctrinate children away from values that have built this country. Anyone who actually looks at the cirriculum or visits a classrom can see that (if they have even a shred of honesty in them).

    One example: How does having the book, "The Bluest Eye" on the national reading list not specify what should be read by students?

  • mattwend IDAHO FALLS, ID
    Oct. 15, 2013 12:04 p.m.

    Common Core is not curriculum. It does not specify what should be read by students and it doesn't include anything but math and language arts standards. There are groups out trying to malign the common core. It would be best if they would use facts, not made up alarmist propaganda.

  • zeep ,
    Oct. 15, 2013 3:16 a.m.

    Congratulations on winning the title of teacher of the year. Do you know what a teacher has to do to even get considered? They basically have to sell themselves to the powers that be. It is still an honor, but I know many teachers who deserve the award but refuse to take time away from their actual teaching to fill in all the paperwork.

    Common core is another story...

  • Lolly Lehi, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:14 p.m.

    First and foremost, congratulations! You have done a great job!

    As far as English is concerned Ms. Riddle's major and specialty in teaching is science,not English. Einstein knew a lot about science and as I recall he had some problems with English, too. It must run in the family of scientists.

  • ldsironrodder Galion, OH
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:04 p.m.

    ........is less about the specific content than it is........Oh, really!

  • postaledith Freeland, WA
    Oct. 14, 2013 4:14 p.m.

    I congratulate Ms. Riddle. The person that has my vote is Carol Bartholomew of the Holiday school district. She has dedicated decades of hard work; even working during the time she was fighting breast cancer. She has had to endure the grief of the death of her husband last April, yet she continues on to educate her children with an unwavering passion to do the very best she can.

  • cindy56k TOK, AK
    Oct. 14, 2013 2:09 p.m.

    I am glad she is a great teacher and one who actually cares about her children but I am sorry she believes in Common Core. More people should actually do more research on this curriculum and see that it is socialism in the beginning and communism in the end. The higher the grade the worse the curriculum with way too much adult content in some of the books.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 12:30 p.m.

    Congratulations Ms. Riddle.

    All those who oppose common core should read carefully what she says. Good teachers have already been teaching almost all of what is in the "new" common core.

  • gittalopctbi Glendale, AZ
    Oct. 14, 2013 10:00 a.m.

    Good grief, how was anything she said "politicized?" Was there anything wrong with what she said? Why must some people always look at things and people from a politicized pair of glasses? Just because perhaps you don't agree with someone doesn't make that person's statements "politicized."

    As for Lindy Lou and Scouter, she's correct in her usage of "that." "Who" can ONLY be used for people. "That" can be used for things AND people. It is a misunderstood rule. Look it up.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:35 a.m.

    I'll just leave this here:

    "If (a student) has a supportive parent at home that will get on board with me and really review things every night, I can do good things."

    There you have it...an educator right in the thick of things, and when a reporter asks her what she needs to be successful, the first thing she says is supportive parents. Not smaller classes (though that did come up later), new textbooks, or any of that stuff we get wrapped around the axle about. The key to education is parents.

  • bricha lehi, ut
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:17 a.m.

    Congratulations Ms. Riddle! Its always nice to hear about all the hard work these teachers do for our children. Keep up the good work and may God bless.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    "A $10K cash prize, smartboard, laptop, gift card...and soapbox.
    Why must teacher of the year be so politicized? Or was she egged on by a reporter?"

    And if she had bashed the union, endorsed the new "grading system", and demanded student vouchers, would you have the same feeling about her "soapbox?"

    Here in Utah, we've heard from everyone. Especially, the pro voucher (Parents Choice) groups and state legislature full of private school cronies. The Dnews gets up on a soapbox at least twice per week bashing public education and demanding (voucher) changes.

    Finally, we hear from someone on the front lines. Someone who actually knows what she is talking about rather than repeat the word or phrase given by some lobbying group.

    Thank you for your words. Please, stay on that soapbox! Your views are informative and definitely well appreciated.

    Rather than bash her, why not pay heed to her words? She, like many teachers who are constantly ignored, may know a thing or two about education.

    Imagine that, educators might know more about education than lobbyists and real estate developers! Who woulda thunk?

  • Scouter Midvale, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    TOO - Lindy is actually right. When referring to a person, the proper usage is "who," not that. I think it's a bit nit-picking, though. No one speaks with perfect grammar all of the time. I often make the same mistake, but I pick it up and correct it when I write.

    Oct. 14, 2013 9:01 a.m.


    There are three children at the table in the picture. How can you possibly tell that the two girls are "responding," but have questions about the boy's engagement?

    And how in the world will Common Core blur the differences between boys and girls?

  • TOO Sanpete, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:36 a.m.


    When was the last time you took an English class? You can actually use either one of them. My teacher--who is regarded as one of the best grammar teachers in the U.S. taught us that way. Maybe you should not be critical instead of hating to be critical.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:04 a.m.

    Congratulations to Ms. Riddle for an amazing achievement. Just a comment on the logistics of teaching. Every stage of development is important. You can't get to "physics" without being in fifth grade which is a cutting point in psychological fine tuning. From the picture, it would appear that the girls are responding to her nurturing. I am sure that the boys do as well. The idea behind the "common core" is to blur the differences between boys and girls. As a former high school "physics" teacher with Navy experience, I do not think that this is a good idea. The U.S. Constitution classifies education as a "state function". The idea behind a federal standard is to work toward the obliteration of state control of education in the name of socialist integration into making everyone completely equal. How 'bout those Utes beating Stanford?

  • Lindy-Lou San Antonio, TX
    Oct. 14, 2013 8:03 a.m.

    I hate to be critical, but a teacher, especially a teacher of the year, should always speak using correct grammar. She said "that" instead of "who" at least three times. Hm-m-m-m, no wonder I hear Utahns using poor grammar all around me . . .

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Oct. 14, 2013 7:03 a.m.

    A $10K cash prize, smartboard, laptop, gift card...and soapbox.
    Why must teacher of the year be so politicized? Or was she egged on by a reporter?

  • utahprincipal801 Sandy, UT
    Oct. 13, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    Congratulations, Ms. Riddle! Thanks for the 25 years of devotion to our children in Utah. Thanks also to my grandchildren's teachers in Davis County. I appreciate your hard work!